“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The IHRA-supported seminar "New Tools for Holocaust Education in Libraries: Using Literature to Bring Pedagogical Content To Memorial Day Commemorations“ took place on 16 December in Serbia.
The seminar was the final event of the project “Dani sećanja” (Days of Remembrance) which received funding through the IHRA grant programme and was carried out in partnership with the Anne Frank House Amsterdam, the National Library of Serbia, and Terraforming (Stockholm – Amsterdam – Novi Sad). Over 18 months, a group of international and Serbian experts developed a new pedagogical format for libraries to contribute original pedagogical content to the memorial day commemorations in Serbia.
With the aim of increasing interest in Holocaust education among libraries in Serbia, and in order to collect valuable feedback for the development of the “Days of Remembrance” concept, the exhibition “Reading and Writing With Anne Frank” was presented in more than 40 libraries and schools in 19 cities around Serbia.
The result of the process is a new online platform, a modular interactive tool, that will allow librarians and teachers to build their own lesson plans for particular memorial days, based on literature available in local libraries. This concept will allow educators to adjust the content of the educational materials to specific memorial days and to particular group of students, taking into account their age, their interests, and other issues relevant to the school curriculum.
During the seminar held on 16 December, the “Days of Remembrance” concept was presented. The seminar brought together participants from Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Austria, France, Sweden and the Netherlands.
For more information, visit the project website here.
See the full seminar programme here.